Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test – Preview

Likely XI-
1.  Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)
2.  Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)
3.  Dhananjaya De Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Off-Spinner)
4.  Dinesh Chandimal (Captain)(Right-Hand Batsman)
5.  Roshen Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)
6.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-Hand Batsman)(Wicket-Keeper)
7.  Akila Dananjaya (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg-spinner)
8.  Jeffrey Vandersay (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg-spinner)(Debut)
9.   Kasun Rajitha (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(Debut)
10. Lahiru Kumara (Right-Arm Fast)(can bowl 145+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)
11.Asitha Fernando (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)(can bowl 140+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)(Debut)

5 Changes to the XI-
In-
Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya,

3 Debutants-
Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando. Kasun Rajitha

Out-
Suranga Lakmal , Dilruwan Perera , Rangana Herath , Angelo Mathews , Lahiru Gamage

The Practice match has proved that Fast-bowler with more pace has more success in west indies, therefore, the two fastest bowlers should be selected for the 1st Test. Also, it was proven Experience players have failed therefore it worth giving the youngster a go. Players like Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananaya, and Asitha Fernando bring in the X-Factors into the team that the current crop of experienced player can not and which is required in this conditions. Also, it`s been proven by the west indies and mostly wrist spinners and fast-bowler who bowl 140+ have the most effective wicket-taking abilities. I would go with the 5 batsmen, one all rounder and 5 bowler combination as the extra bowler did nothing in the first test but since our batting looks weaker than our bowling in this conditions. 

Bench-

12. Dilruwan Perera
13. Mahela Udawatte (Left-Hand Batsman)
14.  Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Rested for the day/night test)
15. Danushka Gunathilaka (Left-Hand Batsman)
16. Rangana Herath (Left-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Orthodox)(Rested for the day/night test since finger spinners have more control with the pink ball than Wrist Spinners) 
17. Dasun Shanaka (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)

Angelo Mathews (Withdraw from the tour due to Family reason) and Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(injured)
 

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  1. That’s just a fantasy X1 –
    That’s just a fantasy X1 – they won’t drop Matthews, Lakmal or Herath.

    De Silva will come into the side probably in place of Kusal Perera who is really an ODI specialist and is currently in the side because Karunaratne was injured and is not in the squad. He could open with Mendis or they might consider moving Dickwella up as an alternative opener.
    Dilruwan Perera might be replaced by either Vandersay or Dananjaya since his 1 – 134 was less effective than Herath who returned 3 -119.
    Gamage may also be replaced Fernando especially since Kumara could partner Lakmal in the opening attack with Fernando getting an opportunity as the third seamer.

    NB: The pitch in St Lucia could favour the seam bowlers so another option might be to replace Dilruwan Perera with a fourth seamer by retaining Gamage and using De Silva as a back up second spinner to Herath.

    Possible Team
    1. Mendis
    2. De Silva
    3. Chandimal
    4. Matthews
    5. Silva
    6. Dickwella
    7. D. Perara or Dananjaya or Gamage
    8. Herath
    9. Lakmal
    10. Kumara
    11. Fernando

  2. With Matthews and Gamage now
    With Matthews and Gamage now both out for personal/injury reasons, Kusal Perera should keep his place at the top of the order with De Silva replacing Matthews instead.
    Fernando should still replace Gamage and so the only real decision is whether to play two frontline spinners or add Rajitha as a fourth seamer. As an experienced Test allrounder, Dilruwan Perera will probably keep his place as an experienced member of the Test side and also for his batting contribution.

  3. Nah, I think after Dilruwan
    Nah, I think after Dilruwan Perera show he couldn`t contribute with both bat and ball in the 1st it would change the mind of the coach to favor Dananjaya in the 2nd test as he brings the X-Factor.

    Also, both Lakmal and Herath are the only experienced veterans in the team and are old and are prone to injury therefore with the day/night test coming up there will be rest. Most likely Rangana Herath after bowling 50+ overs he will be rest for the 2nd test. Please do note that Herath is nearing the end of his career and is old and his body can`t take this much workload.

    Therefore the 2nd test we have
    5 Changes to the XI-
    In-
    Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya,

    3 Debutants-
    Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando. Kasun Rajitha

    Out-
    Suranga Lakmal , Dilruwan Perera , Rangana Herath , Angelo Mathews , Lahiru Gamage

  4. That’s a lot of changes in
    That’s a lot of changes in the middle of series that is still alive, and a lot of debutants at once which will make it an even more inexperienced Test bowling lineup.

    DeSilva for Mathews is the logical swap. Be interesting to see what they do.

    I’m interested in the comment “finger spinners have more control with the pink ball than Wrist Spinners”. Is this based on pink ball in domestic cricket or the few D/N international Tests?
    How many wrist spinners have played D/N Tests with pink ball thus far? I’m not sure but curious to know.

  5. Shame Shanaka wasn’t already
    Shame Shanaka wasn’t already in the Caribbean, between him and De Silva the 5th bowler role would’ve been covered without having to compromise the batting too much. In this side, with 4 keepers it’s practically a liability when the remaining batsmen can’t turn their arm over at all.

    Most likely straight swaps of Fernando and De Silva for Gamage and Mathews. Fair chance of Dananjaya getting the nod ahead of Dilruwan, and a very slim chance of Udawatte making his way into the XI.

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